Destination guide

Springfield – where Wild West meets Route 66

Perched up on its own plateau over the Ozark ridges, Springfield, Missouri, is a fusion of the Wild West and modern America. In its bustling, workaday downtown area, old cowboy saloons rub shoulders with banking institutions, dog walkers tread where Wild Bill Hickok once trod, and theater houses mingle with new artisan coffee joints. There's a distinct youthful vitality oozing from the microbrews and fairtrade eateries around MSU campus, too, while those with Springfield vacation rentals along Commercial Street can sip cold ones with the locals spinning tales of the old Route 66.

Things to do

Along Route 66 in Springfield

There are still some tattered signs heralding the legendary courses of Route 66 around Springfield. These have become something of a sacred site for old petrol heads who remember the days of Easy Rider and the reign of the Harley Davidson. Others will spend their days celebrating local quarterbacks and pitchers in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, or enjoying the café culture of Commercial Street. Meanwhile, others still will search for Springfield vacation rentals close to Lake Springfield, where boating days and hiking through the Ozark forests is the name of the game.


Finding Wild Bill and deep caves in Springfield

Tracing the history of Wild West heroes like Wild Bill amidst the door-slapping saloons and honkytonk bars of the downtown area has got to be one of the most immersive things to do in Springfield. Others will enjoy flitting between the classic 1950s playhouses of the center, or delving into the wealth of arthouse cinemas that pepper the streets of the boho districts. And then there's the chance to explore deep, dank cave systems carving through the Ozark plateau in Greene County – a fine excursion for the whole family.


Spend summer in Springfield

The rugged Ozark bluffs that rise and fall all around Springfield mean that the town actually has one of the most unpredictable weather patterns in the whole United States. Consequently, most travelers will go in search of Springfield vacation rentals when there's the lowest risk of rain and snow – usually between the spring and late summer, from May to August. That's when you're most likely to catch long sunny days of bright weather, which are perfect for seeking out the cowboy honkytonks or strolling through the nearby canyons and forests.

Natural features

Get up in the Ozarks in Springfield

Springfield sits perched on a flat break between the craggy peaks of the Ozark Mountains, which spread out to claim most of southern Missouri. Great swathes of carved canyons and babbling creeks, oak forests and beech woods roll away from the city on all sides, making the place a great choice for outdoorsy types. Long-distance hiking trails pierce into the sylvan valleys nearby, in the form of the Frisco Highline Trail and the Ozark Greenways, both of which offer the chance to adventure in the company of fox squirrels and bald eagles.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Springfield

Fly into Springfield, MO (SGF-Springfield-Branson National), the closest airport, located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Springfield?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 80 vacation rentals near Springfield. From 57 Houses to 8 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Springfield for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Springfield?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Springfield. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World: 78 vacation rentals
  • Missouri State University: 78 vacation rentals
  • Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium: 78 vacation rentals
  • Fantastic Caverns: 65 vacation rentals
  • Mercy Hospital Springfield: 78 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Springfield listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Springfield?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 57 Houses in Springfield. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Springfield include:

  • Cabins: 8 rentals available
  • Cottages: 8 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 8 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Springfield?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Springfield. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.